The Community and Resistance Tour
Wednesday, September 29
Durham County Public Library
Activists, Left Turn Mag contributors to speak at Durham library tonight
A trio of local and national activists who have studied and documented social struggles from racism to school privatization will speak at the Durham County Library today as part of an international Community and Resistance Tour.
Writers Jordan Flaherty and Victoria Law and Durham-based activist Manju Rajendran will speak at the event, which begins at 6:30 p.m. at the library's main branch at 300 N. Roxboro St.
The tour is sponsored by Haymarket Books, PM Press, Left Turn Magazine and other radical and independent media
Manju Rajendran "Manju lives in Durham and works at her family's restaurant, Vimala's Curryblossom Cafe. Today she'll be talking about food justice and telling the story of how the cafe came to be."
Justin Flores "Justin lives in Dudley and he is in his second season as an organizer with FLOC, the Farm Labor Organizing Committee. He works on administering the FLOC contract with the NC Growers Association that covers around 7,000 farmworkers statewide, as well as helping organize their corporate campaign with Reynolds American to end labor abuses in the tobacco giant's supply chain."
Kosta Harlan "Kosta is an anti-war organizer, as well as a member of Students for a Democratic Society and the Colombia Action Network. He lives near Durham and recently received a visit from some very unsavory characters. He'll be sharing his story, and then Jack will share some advice about knowing our rights."
Jack will talk to us about our legal rights when the FBI knocks
Monserrat Alvarez "Monserrat is a member of NC HEAT (Heroes Emerging Among Teens). She lives in Raleigh. She will tell us about education justice struggles in Wake County"
Victoria Law "Vikki is a writer, photographer and mother. After a brief stint as a teenage armed robber, she became involved in prisoner support. She wrote a book called "Resistance Behind Bars" relating the struggles of incarcerated women. She lives in Alphabet City, New York, and we're very lucky to have her here all the way in the South".
Ray Eurquhart "When Hurricane Katrina hit, Ray was back and forth between New Orleans and Durham. As a long-time Durham city worker and union organizer, Ray provided critical leadership in pressuring the City to welcome, house, and support Katrina survivors as they arrived in North Carolina. He will be speaking on why what happens in New Orleans should matter to North Carolinians, and some of the lessons we've learned over the last five years."
Jordan Flaherty "Jordan never intended to be a journalist, but when Katrina hit New Orleans and he witnessed the atrocities that followed, he had to speak up. His courageous, on-the-ground journalism shed light on how the tragedy of the hurricane was used as an opportunity to criminalize and displace New Orleans' most oppressed peoples. His new book, "Floodlines" talks about New Orleans from Katrina to the Jena Six case.
Community discussion! Co-facilitated by Brigid and Rukiya